Buffet revamp

As with all reno's there are so many important decisions to be made. Do we knock through this wall? Is that window placement going to guarantee the maximum amount of passive cooling? Do we need to build in more storage space? What size tile do we go with? is that paint a shade too dark? And the list goes on... and on...

One of the most enjoyable decisions for me during our great rolling reno has been deciding on the furniture - what do we buy new, what do we give away, and what do we keep? The buying new is easy (because that's what I do!) and the purging of pieces that are neither functional or joyful is not hard either. However, what do you do when a solid piece has sentimental value, but just doesn't work in with your new interior? Perhaps a mini-make over is worth considering...

Below is a buffet I brought back with me from overseas. It has sentimental value, but the oppressive dark stain looked severely out of place next to our other light wood pieces, and the exposed grilled cabinet below was a dust magnet ensuring nothing really could be stored in there.

Dark and lacking maximum function, a mini-makeover was due.

Dark and lacking maximum function, a mini-makeover was due.

After careful consideration I decided that my buffet was worth the attempt to save, so I got stuck into the surface with my belt sander, my detail sander, and a fair amount of elbow grease. Stripping back the dark stain, the true hues of the wood were exposed in all their glorious tones. From blonde strips, to mid-tones, to dark ripples - it was like wiping away years of grime and discovering a true gem underneath. 

By stripping back the dark stain and exposing it's true colours, my buffet has taken on a new lease of life.

By stripping back the dark stain and exposing it's true colours, my buffet has taken on a new lease of life.

After sealing the wood, my lovely partner and I attached lightweight perspex sheets to the inside of the grilled panels to keep the dust at bay, and installed glass shelves on either side of the storage cavities to maximise function; when we finally put it in position, my buffet will proudly display my collection of vintage glassware - I might even look at installing a couple of LED lights to make the glass sparkle.

So, the next time you're faced with the dilemma of keeping a sentimental piece that is totally at odds with the style of your space, try looking beyond the surface. With a bit of creative thinking and hands on effort, you may be able to turn that tarnished lump into a sparkling gem ;)